SPLITTER #4

The defeat of the Eigner Angels at the Rutronik Stars in Keltern was painful from two points of view: on the one hand and above all due to the injury of Angel Mariam Hasle-Lagemann already in the third minute of the game. The German-French player has had over an hour of action in the three competitive games so far, scoring 18 points and grabbing ten rebounds. In addition, the 20-year-old defends with a high intensity and is an important factor of coach Ajtony Imreh on the wing position as well as under the basket. Interesting thereby the comparison of both teams on the position of the medical supply: while with the home plays of the Eigner Angels with Christina Hager as Physiotherapeutin and the physicians Dr. Gordian Schmid or Dr. Ben Magudya always sufficiently specialized personnel is available, one sees that with the German champion and German Cup winner from Keltern probably somewhat more loosely. Only in the middle of the third quarter was a doctor available. Little masterly.

On the other hand, the Angels, once again led by a strong captain Sami Hill, kept up very well despite the initial shock in the first half. The substitution possibilities decreased further for Coach Imreh – Asha Thomas is also not yet fit for action – but the Rieserinnen deservedly won the second quarter with 16:15. After the break then came the expected slump, the Nördlingen girls had only won an intense match against Heidelberg on Friday, while Keltern already played on Thursday and thus had one day more regeneration.

While the defeat of the Angels in Keltern was no surprise, some other teams may be surprised: the runner-up and upcoming away opponent from Osnabrück lost in Marburg conceivably narrowly 70:71. Also the victory of the Düsseldorf women in their own hall against Saarlouis and ex-Angel Meggy Meynadier with 80:70 must not have had everyone on the screen. As expected, Hannover won 73-64 in Halle, Herne beat Heidelberg 66-64 and Freiburg was just as exciting. There, the hosts won against the violets from Göttingen with 74:70. The biggest exclamation mark, however, was left by the promoted Rheinland Lions in Wasserburg. The Lionesses defeated the traditional team from Bavaria 69:64 and lead the league on unbeaten first place, tied on points with Hannover, Keltern and Freiburg. Behind them follow the Eigner Angels from Noerdlingen, tied on points with Goettingen and Herne. Still winless are Wasserburg, Saarlouis, Heidelberg and Halle. As a reminder, four teams will be relegated this season. It is doubtful that the eleven-time German champions and nine-time cup winners will be among them after three match days, but the poor start to the season is still a cause for concern.